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Mac G4 Design Flaw (I disagree.)

by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 6, 2007 10:49 PM PDT

Read and look closely at the pictures.

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This is really great work and I admire the clear pictures showing the failure. However this is not a design flaw but a common failure in surface mount components and their solder work. It is not limited to the Apple G4 but something I've seen since I began in electronics some 30+ years ago.

Not everyone will have the gear to fix the issue but now that I know about it I can pull the board out and inspect the solder work then touch it up to bring the machine back.

For those that think it's a design flaw then go look at any modern day laptop to see surface mount chips attached in the same way.


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